Around the minors 8.23.12

August, 23, 2012
8/23/12
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SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 4, BUFFALO 3 (11 innings): Melky Mesa's homer opened the 11th inning against C.J. Nitkowski. The score was tied at 3 entering extra innings because of another Scranton/Wilkes-Barre rally. Down by a pair, the Yankees strung together three consecutive hits with two outs in the seventh, capped by Corban Joseph's two-run single against Garrett Olson. Buffalo built a 3-1 lead with solo runs in the first, fourth and sixth innings. Brad Emaus singled after Fred Lewis' double to give the Bisons the advantage two batters into the bottom of the first. Josh Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth and Matt Tuiasosopo homered in the seventh. Armando Rodriguez allowed just one run in 4 1/3 innings in his Triple-A debut. He was promoted to fill Collin McHugh's Triple-A rotation spot. Box

PORTLAND 14, BINGHAMTON 9: The B-Mets held their only lead after scoring two runs against Mike MacDonald in the second inning. Allan Dykstra doubled, took third on a passed ball and scored on Raul Reyes' single. Juan Centeno added a sac fly. It was all downhill from there as the Sea Dogs tagged Cory Mazzoni for five runs in the bottom half. Portland collected four hits and took advantage of a fielding error by shortstop Wilfredo Tovar to take a 5-2 lead. The Sea Dogs added two more runs in the third, Mazzoni’s final inning. The B-Mets cut the deficit to three with two runs in the fourth. Tovar supplied an RBI triple and Centeno added a run-scoring groundout. It was as close as the B-Mets would get. The Sea Dogs plated two against reliever Brandon Moore in the fourth on two hits, two walks and three wild pitches. Edgar Ramirez tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings before getting tagged for three runs on four extra-base hits in the sixth. Portland capped its outburst with two runs in the seventh against Jeff Kaplan. Wilmer Flores compiled a three-hit night and fell a triple shy of the cycle in the loss. He ripped a solo homer over the Maine Monster in the fifth, provided an RBI single in the seventh and double in the ninth. Box

JUPITER 9, ST. LUCIE 0
ST. LUCIE 8, JUPITER 1: Logan Verrett pitched a complete-game three-hitter and Aderlin Rodriguez homered twice and drove in three in the nightcap as the Mets earned a doubleheader split. Verrett (2-0) allowed one run and three hits while walking one and recording six strikeouts in seven innings. Travis Taijeron went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs. Cesar Puello hit a solo homer in the sixth. Cory Vaughn went 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI. Alonzo Harris Jr. had two hits and a run scored. The Mets dropped the first game as Angel Cuan was chased in the first inning. He allowed four runs and five hits with two walks and one strikeout. Jack Leathersich tossed 2 1/3 scoreless relief innings with three strikeouts. John Church pitched two scoreless innings with one strikeout. Hamilton Bennett allowed five unearned runs and six hits with one walk and one strikeout. Box 1, Box 2

ROME at SAVANNAH (ppd.)

KINGSPORT 7, BLUEFIELD 1: Miller Diaz tossed six scoreless innings, limiting the Blue Jays to two hits while striking out six. Gavin Cecchini, who remains at DH, went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Box

TRI-CITY 4, BROOKLYN 3 (11 innings): John Mincone pitched a scoreless eighth, but gave up a run to the ValleyCats in the top of the ninth to blow the Cyclones' lead. Mincone allowed a leadoff single to Jesse Wierzbicki, then got Tyler Heineman to ground out. With Wierzbicki at second, Mike Cokinos singled in the tying run. In the top of the 11th, Wierzbicki hit a two-run homer against Beck Wheeler, giving Tri-City a 4-2 lead. Wierzbicki hit for the cycle. The Cyclones had back-to-back singles to begin the bottom half of the frame. Eudy Pina then grounded out, advancing both runners. Brandon Nimmo also grounded out as Nelfi Zapata scored from third, cutting the ValleyCats' lead to one run. However, Dimas Ponce struck out to end the game. Wheeler suffered the loss for the Cyclones after tossing 1 1/3 innings and allowing two earned runs. In 6 2/3 innings, Gabriel Ynoa held Tri-City to one earned run and five hits. Ynoa walked one and fanned five batters. Box

Compiled from team reports
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.295 8 42 62
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 19
RBIL. Duda 60
RD. Murphy 62
OPSL. Duda .864
WB. Colon 10
ERAJ. Niese 3.23
SOZ. Wheeler 125